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PolitiFact backs up Charlie Crist’s claim that people asking for refunds never donated

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From PolitiFact: Though he officially declared his “independence” by leaving the Republican Party on May 12, 2010, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he won’t return money contributed to his U.S. Senate campaign while he was running as a Republican.

“People gave to a good cause, and we’re going to spend it on a good cause,” Crist said minutes after switching his voter registration. “That’s why I’m going to keep it. It’s important to be able to get our message out and communicate with the people of Florida.”

The next day, in a wide-ranging interview with the editorial board of the St. Petersburg Times, the refund talk resurfaced.

This time, Crist discussed a letter he received from 20 Republican heavyweights asking for refunds. He suggested that the letter was more a stunt than a sincere request.

“I got a letter from 20 people who said they wanted their money back, 14 never gave me a penny,” Crist told the Times, adding, “You gotta give it to me first before you can have the option.”

We wanted to see if Crist is right. Continue reading here.

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